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Make My MMO: Elyria’s funding and Osiris’ console plans (October 1, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to $3 million to completely finish the game. While it wasn’t exactly a secret, the revelation was still a surprise to many players as it wasn’t expressly stated in the Kickstarter earlier this year. Compounding the consternation was Soulbound’s simultaneous notice that it would not be granting refunds for Kickstarter donations. Studio boss Jeromy Walsh told Massively OP in a lengthy interview that the money raised through Kickstarter and pre-Kickstarter investment from friends and family is being used to create a minimal viable product and that while the company does plan to crowdfund using its website store, most of the remaining money will be raised through investors or publishers, not players.

Meanwhile, we offered up a checklist for how to approach MMO Kickstarting from the player end, Shroud of the Avatar launched release 34, Albion Online released its Elaine patch, HEX published three new signature decks, and on the planetary survival sandbox front, ROKH delayed its early access to next year, while Osiris: New Dawn swooped into early access and announced console launches for 2017.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Harry Potter lookalike Maguss Wand plans Indiegogo for AR MMO

Augmented reality MMOs aren’t new, but we’re about to see a bunch of new ones, propelled by the unexpected success of Pokemon Go. Case in point: Maguss Wand, which isn’t technically a Harry Potter game but happily embraces the comparison in spite of possible legal issues. It wasn’t inspired by Pokemon Go, having been in development for a couple of years already, but the timing is good all the same.

Maguss Wand is a new AR MMORPG mobile game that has been in development for almost 2 years now,” reads the press release. “The game will allow you to walk and explore the earth while experiencing and living in the fantasy at the same time. It [lets] a player to become a wizard in the real world through immersive game-play. Explore magic, study wizardry, collect herbs and other ingredients, cast and defend spells, win duels and gain glory.”

According to Engadget, the game’s developers attempted a Kickstarter last year for a motion-sensing wand peripheral, but that Kickstarter didn’t fund. Now the devs say they’re planning an Indiegogo campaign on October 10th, with a closed alpha release coming “very soon.”

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